Atlanta Falcons: Five players to watch against Saints

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Dec 27, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) throws the ball under pressure from Carolina Panthers defensive end Mario Addison (97) in the first quarter at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a bitter-sweet week for the Atlanta Falcons. The team has just one game left to play before a 7-month layoff so we better enjoy it while it’s still here.

The Falcons end their season with a game against their bitter rival New Orleans Saints with a chance to post their first winning record since 2012. Not only is a winning record on the line, but several players have a chance to post some pretty astounding numbers as well.

The 2015 season has seen a lot of ups and downs. It has featured a 5-game winning streak, a 6-game losing streak and a win over the 14-0 Carolina Panthers. If that’s not an insane season I don’t know what is.

The Falcons have won two games in a row after their disastrous 6-game losing streak and have a very good chance at finishing the season with three consecutive wins. The Falcons will play in front of their home crowd this Sunday and would like nothing more than to send Drew Brees and the Saints home as losers.

Let’s take a look at five players to watch for against the Saints.